Benzie Audubon to host program on Appalachian Trail

Doug and Sally Cook will talk about their experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail at a Benzie Audubon Society program in January. (Courtesy Photo)

BENZONIA — Doug and Sally Cook will present a program entitled “Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail” at a meeting of the Benzie Audubon Club this week.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Jan. 3 at the Tribal Outpost of the Grand Traverse Bank of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, located at 7282 Hoadley Road in Benzonia.

The Cooks have been section hiking the Appalachian Trail since 2015, and have completed nearly 1,000 miles of the trail to date. Their program will include information on how they plan, prepare and train to hike the trail, the equipment they take and what they don’t take; as well as photos and tales of trail encounters and trail magic.

Sally is a retired English and writing teacher, and the current president of the Benzie Audubon Club. Doug recently retired in 2017 from a 39 year career in banking, and is the author of “A Field Guide to the Birds of Tonga,” among other works.

Visit the club’s website, benzieaudubon.org, for more information. All Benzie Audubon meetings are free and everyone is welcome.

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